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  1. twKoxinga is offline

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    Choice between two schools

    My mom finally gave me the OK to go learn MA (it sucks being 16).

    I've narrowed it down to two choices, a Judo school and a BJJ school.

    I just want a couple opinions or ideas on which one I should take, but enough talking, heres some details about the schools.

    Judo place:
    Cranford JKC
    Instructor: 8th Dan, coached US Olympic Judo Team twice ( came off as very friendly/knowledgable)
    I'll Probably go Tuesday and Thursdays,
    1 hour Ne-waza (lead by him, and one of his students, also a black belt, and a brown belt in BJJ)
    1 hour Standing (emphasis on free-practice)
    30 Minute Drive - 2 hours in total
    $75-$85 Dollars Per Month for 2 lessons a weak (6 month contract)

    BJJ place:
    Advanced BJJ
    Instructor: 2 stripe Purple Belt (aslo came off as very friendly/knowledgable and enthusiastic)
    Beginner BJJ on Monday and Wednesdays, No-gi Tues, All levels/Open Mat- Thurs/Fri
    1 Hour Lesson
    10 Minute Drive
    $85 Dollars Per Month (3 Month Contract)

    My mom is scared as hell by the fact that people would be throwing me in Judo, but shes also amazed at how hard both schools push their students.

    I'll make my own choice, but I just wanted some input, because both schools seem very appealing.

    I'll provide more details from my visit to each school if requested.

    Thanks beforehand for your advice and input
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    Hmm, that's a tough choice. On the one hand, you have a world class Judo instructor that's pretty far away and you can only attend class twice a week.

    On the other, you've got a purple in BJJ that's closer and it looks like you can attend a lot more than twice a week.

    As a rank beginner, I would likely go to whichever school allowed me to train more.

    Is there a rate for unlimited instruction at the Judo school? If you could get 3 or more days a week in at a Judo school of that quality for 100-110 bucks a month, you should jump on it without hesitation.
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    The party line to be towed here is "go to both schools, check to see if they train with aliveness, blah blah blah", and no doubt by the time I've posted this there'll be fifteen posts telling you to go to both schools and take trial lessons. And that's fine, but from the sounds of it you're going to go to both classes and have excellent experiences and still be unable to make any long term decisions.

    Personally, I'd go with the BJJ. The Judo school sounds like it has the BJJ place beat in terms of instructors, but don't be put off by the idea of learning from a purple--it'll be years before their well runs dry. For now, all you need to know is the basics, and that will boil down to teaching styles, not ranks. So IFF there's no great discrepency between the quality of the instructors, you're facing an apples/oranges decision with one key difference: the BJJ school offers more classes than the judo school. More classes=more mat time. More mat time=you get better faster. You get better faster=you not being The MMA Kid!.
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    Yeah, they both have policies where you can go as many times in the week you want, the thing is I won't have that much time either or.

    The BJJ place is $85 dollars per month for 2 lessons as week, so the prices are the same, its just that its only 1 hour as opposed to the Judo place's two
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    Posted On:
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     Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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    Quote Originally Posted by twKoxinga
    Yeah, they both have policies where you can go as many times in the week you want, the thing is I won't have that much time either or.

    The BJJ place is $85 dollars per month for 2 lessons as week, so the prices are the same, its just that its only 1 hour as opposed to the Judo place's two
    If you're only going to be training two days a week and the longer time to and from class doesn't bother you, go with Judo. The classes are twice as long (although in a lot of BJJ schools, the official end time is usually not anywhere close to when class actually ends), the instructor has coached some amazing Judoka, and with a BJJ brown belt, their newaza should be quality.
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    That judo place sounds great. I get an hour of newaza from a brown belt for my standard BJJ class, but you'd also be getting an hour of tachiwaza from some really good Judoka. Plus it's cheaper.
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    Normally I would suggest Judo.

    But if I was in your position I would go with BJJ. Simply because it's a 10 minute drive. Driving 30 mins to training and 30 mins back home again wastes alot of time. If BJJ is just up the road then go with that. DOn't worry if a purple belt takes the class. You'll still get quality training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twKoxinga
    My mom finally gave me the OK to go learn MA (it sucks being 16).

    I've narrowed it down to two choices, a Judo school and a BJJ school.

    I just want a couple opinions or ideas on which one I should take, but enough talking, heres some details about the schools.

    Judo
    I'll Probably go Tuesday and Thursdays,

    Beginner BJJ on Monday and Wednesdays, No-gi Tues, All levels/Open Mat- Thurs/Fri
    I would say- do both. Excellent takedowns from judo. Great groundwork from BJJ. Training 5 days a week is the best possible thing you can do around 16-18 IMO.

    Now I'm guessing your mom is going to be paying, if you needed her permission. She might balk at the idea of paying for two ma- I don't know, I'm guessing. If so strike a deal she pays for one, and you pay for the other. This might necessitate a weekend job if you haven't got one already. If she is going to drive you there, do something around the house or yard or whatever in exchange. This has the added bonus of making you appear very mature and responsible- and this "new and improved" wisdom and attitude that will make her trust your decision-making skills even more. If she needs more convincing- sell her the whole schtick about how ma makes you a good person. The stronger healthier and more determined part will show over time anyway to back that up- mom = super-proud of you. You may already of thought of all this. I just thought I'd throw it out there.

    It'll take up a lot of time, effort and beat the hell out of you. The benefits outweigh the costs. Find a way to do both.

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    Posted On:
    4/22/2006 7:50am


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    I'd love to do both MA at once, but my mom's a bit strapped for cash, and nor will she allow me to get a job.

    Also, my schedule doesn't permit me to go do anything on wednesdays and fridays until basically I reach Senior Year of High School.

    My Mom's pretty sceptical about all the MA makes you a better person though, all she thinks its about is exercise.... Maybe its time to prove her wrong.

    For now, I just want to get started under quality training, and when I'm older and I can actually fit training hardcore into my schedule I will.
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    I wouldn't consider anywhere that makes you sign a multi-month contract.
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